Home February 20, 2019

Looking Up 2019

I love looking at the sky when I know we are expecting meteor showers, an eclipse or any kind of celestial event. Not sure why I’m so intrigued by these events but I am.

When my girls were younger we would go to extreme measures to see shooting stars/meteor showers and we always were lucky enough to see a lot of them. We would lay on blankets in the backyard, driveway or go to the school football field and watch patiently. Sure enough one of us would spy the first one making the rest of us determined to wait it out for more. The girls thought it was fascinating as did I.

So welcome 2019 and what’s going on in the sky above us!

January 20th -21st had the super blood moon solar eclipse and I believe it was the last total lunar eclipse until May 26, 2021.

On April 26th the moon will make a close encounter with Jupitar and will be seen in the early hours. No need for binoculars, they say we will be able to see it with the naked eye.

May 6th brings the Eta Aquarid meteor showers. I really hope I can see this one! The moon will be dark so this will be the best meteor shower of 2019. Every shooting star seen is a leftover piece of Halley’s Comet., which by the way will be returning to our corner of the solar system in 2062.

A total solar eclipse will occur on July 2nd, however we will not be able to see this event. It will be seen in the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina. Also in July on the 16th is a partial lunar eclipse darkening the brilliant orb for sky-watchers across South America, Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. Lasting about five-and-a-half hours. Wow!

The  Transit of Mercury happens on November 11th. It’s when the planet Mercury will glide across the face of the sun and will take about five-and-a-half hours to do so, starting at 7:35 a.m. ET and lasting until 1:04 p.m. ET. Weather permitting, the whole transit will be visible from large portions of Earth, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Protective eye wear must be worn to view this one.

Annual Solar eclipse on December 26th will not be visible to us.

December 28th a crescent moon will meet Venus in southwestern skies. Seen at dusk we might get a glimpse!

See you next time..outside laying on the driveway watching the shooting stars!